Today's Date: July 21, 2017

Latest Posts From the 'Fondo:

2017 Cycling Celebration Dinner -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Training Ride on Course -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Jersey Design -

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Registration Opens Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. -

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Host Hotel -

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Cycling Celebration Dinner

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The 2017 Cycling Capital Celebration, the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo pre-event dinner, will take place at Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza, Saturday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.

Located in the historic Livery Building in downtown Harrisonburg’s renowned Culinary District, Bella Luna offers authentic, handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, fresh seasonal salads, and house-made desserts.

The dinner event is an annual attraction for cyclists who will participate in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, as well as members of the local community, cyclists and cycling advocates. It is also a coming-together for friends of the The Cancer Journeys Foundation and Prostate Cancer Awareness Project.

Bella Luna’s seasonal menu features produce, meats and cheeses from local farms in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. Their pizzas, pastas and breads are made using organic flours.

The menu for the 2017 Cycling Celebration includes:
Seasonal Locally Sourced Salads
Hearth Breads
Selection of Wood-Fired Pizzas
Chef Colin’s Seasonal Lasagna with Handmade Noodles
Seasonal Veggies / Fruits
Gelato and Sorbet in Flavors Especially Crafted for the ‘Fondo by Bella Gelato
Featured Selection of Brothers Craft Brewing Beers
Selection of House Wines, Rail Drinks, and Other Beverages

Tickets are available online. The cost to attend is $40 per person. The event will sell out in advance.

 

2017 Training Ride on Course

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Group Training Expedition: Sunday, August 27, 2017

You are invited join in a group training ride designed to help ready riders for the Alpine Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure routes of the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo.

At the training event, participants who are ramping up for the Alpine Loop should be prepared to tackle a 71-mile ride with 7,000+ feet of climing, including unpaved roads. Equipment should be suitable for the conditions.

Riders training for the Shenandoah Mountain Century and Shenandoah Mountain Adventure can expect a 61-mile ride with 6,000 feet of climbing on entirely paved roads.

During the ride, you’ll have access to full support from SAG vehicles and enjoy the guidance and expertise of local cycling pro’s and seasoned Alpine guides.

At the ride’s completion, enjoy a meal, relax, recover and enjoy discussing training tips and preparation with Jeremiah and other professional cyclists.

This training ride is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of some steep climbs and dirt roads of the 2016 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. It’s timed to provide a great training boost in preparation for the Gran Fondo. If you can’t participate in the ‘Fondo, this ride is a great adventure in and of itself!

Registration will be active through Wednesday, August 23, or until the event reaches capacity, whichever happens first.

BikeReg.com Registration Link

2017 Jersey Design

JERSEY 2017

The 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo jersey is the stunning result of a collaboration between Giant Step Design and Cutaway Clothing. The bold colors and vintage look evoke nostalgia for classic adventures and celebrate the simple thrill of bicycling.

Jersey front and back feature the custom design inspired by the Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains featured in the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo. Jerseys features three elastic rear pockets, mesh side panels, full zip. Club Cut. See sizing guide prior to purchase.

2017 event jerseys are available for purchase with event registration or as a unique transaction. Jerseys ordered in advance will be ready for pickup at event sign-in.

Registration Opens Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

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Registration for the 2017 Alpine Loop Gran Fondo opens Wednesday, February 1 at 10 a.m. at BikeReg.com/GranFondo.

For 2017, the event is offering 50 Early Bird Entries ($125). When all of the Early Bird Entries have been claimed, the next 100 registrants can take advantage of Start Line Discounts ($130) before standard registration goes into effect.

The event is capped at 550 cyclists. Previous editions of the event have filled in advance. Hopeful participants are encouraged to register early.

2017 Host Hotel

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Reserve your Harrisonburg-area lodging as soon as possible. The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo will take place Sunday, October 1, 2017.

All lodging rates listed below are offered to Alpine Loop Gran Fondo participants first come, first served until hotels are booked. Many of these special rates expire 30 days in advance of the event. Book early!

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
The Host Hotel of the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo

The Fairfield is offering discounts for Gran Fondo participants within the dates of September 29 October 2, 2017.
Reservations must be made by September 8, 2016.
One King or Two Queens: $129/night
Reservations are available by calling 540-433-9333 or booking directly.